Max Muncy hit a go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the 7th inning to give the Dodgers their first lead of the game, completing the Dodgers’ comeback and propelling them to a 7-6 win over the Pirates. The Dodgers trailed 5-1 in the bottom of the second inning, but they rallied in the 5th to tie the game, then took the lead in the 7th.
Rich Hill and the Dodgers got into a deep hole in the second inning when the wheels fell off after an error and the Pirates scored 4 unearned runs. In total, Hill allowed 5 runs (1 earned) over 6 innings in his return from the Injured List.
As usual, Cody Bellinger had a great game. He went 2-3 with 3 RBI, 1 run scored, and another home run. Bellinger drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. But his big swing came in the 4th. This time, his homer came on a good breaking ball down and in. The curve didn’t fool him and he deposited it in the right-field pavilion.
Still trailing 5-2 in the fifth, the Dodgers had runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs. They were desperate for a clutch hit. And that’s when Corey Seager stepped up. Despite his early-season struggles, Seager hit a two-run double that was perfectly in the gap. He then scored a batter later on Muncy’s game-tying single.
Two innings later, the Dodgers found themselves relying on Muncy in yet another key situation. With runners on second and third and one out, Muncy went with a fastball away, hitting it into left-center for a go-ahead RBI single.
After Muncy’s go-ahead hit, Bellinger found a way to get the ball into right field and drive in an insurance run. This hit ended up being even more clutch than we thought at the time as the Pirates scored one more run. But the Dodger lead stood and they swept Pittsburgh in this weekend series.
The short homestand is over and the Dodgers now are headed to the hostile territory of San Francisco. The Dodgers and Giants are singing different songs these days, with the Dodgers sitting at 19-11 and the Giants are struggling at 11-17.
Game one of this series will feature Kenta Maeda squaring off against Jeff Samardzija. Maeda has struggled a bit this year, with a record of 3-2 and an ERA of 5.20. Samardzija, on the other hand, is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA. Game one will begin at 6:45 pm.